Saturday 17 February 2018

Family of 'cannibal' murder victim Thomas O'Gorman wants inquest reopened

Tom O’Gorman was brutally killed after a row over a game of chess
Tom O’Gorman was brutally killed after a row over a game of chess
The Dublin Coroner's Court

Ryan Nugent

The family of man killed by his tenant want the inquest into his death reopened, seven months after his killer was found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity.

A representative for Thomas O'Gorman's family, barrister Aisling Mulligan, told Dublin Coroner's Court "not all matters were fully ventilated" when Saverio Bellante was on trial.

The killer Saverio Bellante
The killer Saverio Bellante

Mr O'Gorman was killed by blunt force trauma when he was stabbed in both the neck and chest. His lung was also cut out of his body.

Mr Bellante, of Beech Park Avenue, Castleknock, Dublin, was admitted to the Central Mental Hospital, where he is still receiving treatment.

Ms Mulligan argued there was not a full criminal trial, with the first question being whether "the act was committed by reason of insanity".

She said it was a "special case" and is questioning the mental health treatment received by Mr Bellante prior to Mr O'Gorman's death.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell adjourned the case to consider the application.

Irish Independent

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